The study of population processes is critical to understanding the world around us. Births, deaths, household formation, and migration remain crucial indicators of social change. The study of population covers not only basic measurements of population change, but also analysis of the roots and ramifications of those changes.
Sociologists approach the study of population by focusing on the social processes and implications of demographic change. If the public hears that the marriage is waning as an institution, sociologists of population will seek not only to define a marriage rate, but ask how adequate it is for measuring family formation and examine what social factors make it change. They apply a similar lens to fertility, mortality, migration and the processes that cause variation in their occurrence. To address such questions, graduate training in the population cluster focuses on grounding students in both sociological theory and statistical methodology.
Examples of current faculty research in population:
- New estimations of the unauthorized immigrant population
- Historical mortality and morbidity in the U.S. population
- Migration and social integration in contemporary China
- Cross-national analyses of the household division of labor
- Older people in U.S. immigrant families
- Global city networks
- Educational inequality among immigrant groups
- Racial and ethnic differences in U.S. residence
- The social meanings attributed to biological bodies and how these create inequalities
- The collateral consequences of incarceration for health and family life
- The consequences of depression for social inequality
- The causes and consequences of childhood health inequalities.
Frank D. Bean
international migration, demography, racial and ethnic relations, economic sociology, family
Susan K. Brown*
international migration, educational inequality, social demography, urban sociology
race/ethnicity/minority relations, migration and immigration, education
Rachel E. Goldberg (joining faculty in 2015)
social demography, family, health, migration, and life course
Jennifer Buher Kane (joining faculty in 2015)
family, fertility, population health, social inequality, and quantitative methods.
Andrew Penner (on leave)
gender, race, family, inequality, education
David A. Smith
world systems analysis, urbanization, development, comparative-historical sociology, dependent development in East Asia
family, social demography, aging, social stratification
social inequality, family demography, population health, incarceration and punishment
Wang Feng (on leave)
contemporary demographic, economic, and social processes; social inequality in socialist states; contemporary Chinese society
FIELD EXAMS & GRADUATE COURSES
The following courses are among those satisfying prerequisites for field exams in population:
Population (required); offered annually.
Demographic Methods (required); offered annually.
Age, Generations, and the Life Course
Sociology/Demography of Health and Illness
Infectious Disease and Epidemiology
Family and Households
Immigration and Community
Mexican Migration and U.S. Policy
Graduate courses in population in 2014-2015 (subject to change):
Demographic Methods (Bean)
Mexican Migration and U.S. Policy (Bean)
Global Urbanization (Smith)